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CBO: Senate bill could cut illegal immigration in half

It calls for flood of officers, drones at border with Mexico

4:39 PM, Jul. 3, 2013
A U.S. Border Patrol agent rides an ATV as he patrols at night between the border structures separating Tijuana, Mexico, from San Diego Thursday, June 13, 2013. Illegal immigration into the United States would decrease by only 25 percent under a far-reaching Senate immigration bill, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office that also finds the measure reduces federal deficits by billions.
A U.S. Border Patrol agent rides an ATV as he patrols at night between the border structures separating Tijuana, Mexico, from San Diego Thursday, June 13, 2013. Illegal immigration into the United States would decrease by only 25 percent under a far-reaching Senate immigration bill, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office that also finds the measure reduces federal deficits by billions.
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Illegal immigration into the U.S. could be cut in half by an immigration bill passed by the Senate that includes a "border surge" to secure the border with Mexico, according a new analysis released Wednesday.

The Congressional Budget Office had previously estimated that the Senate's immigration proposal, crafted by a bipartisan group of senators known as the Gang of Eight, would reduce illegal immigration by about 25 percent. That proposal would have added 3,500 Customs and Border Patrol officers along the border with Mexico.

But the Senate approved an amendment brokered by Sens. Bob ...

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